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Intertek Commits to Zero Discharge Programme

Move demonstrates commitment to sustainability in textiles and footwear supply chain.

Intertek, a leading global Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is pleased to announce it is joining the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme, a major body which is leading the textile, leather and footwear industries to advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.

In becoming a contributor, Intertek will support the Programme’s vision of achieving the widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices in the textile, leather and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment.

Intertek is committed to working collaboratively on this task and towards achieving the milestones set out in the Programme’s Joint Roadmap, through active engagement with other brands, retailers and stakeholders.

Intertek is proud to be joining 23 fashion brands, 33 value chain affiliates, as well as 14 industry associates in working together to drive industry-wide change in responsible chemical management, and commits to working on this task in a collaborative and open manner.

Leveraging its robust experience and capabilities in Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification, as well as in the textiles and footwear industry, Intertek delivers comprehensive solutions, enabling fashion retailers and brands to fulfill their ZDHC Programme commitments:

  • Wastewater and sludge testing and sampling services at various key textiles and footwear manufacturing sites
  • Chemical Management System (CMS) auditing services
  • Training for ZDHC Academy
  • Manufacturing Restricted Substances Lists (MRSL) management and testing
  • Data contribution to ZDHC Gateway

Calvin Yam, Senior Vice President of Global Softlines at Intertek commented: “We are trusted by a number of fashion brands and retailers worldwide in assuring their hazardous chemical-free supply chain. By becoming a member of the ZDHC Programme, we are joining a collaborative community of experts and practitioners with the goal to protect the interests of consumers and our environment through the implementation of sustainable practices in the textile, leather and footwear industries.”

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